The Skeleton Key (Sigma Force, #6.5) By James Rollins
Reviews / July 28, 2017

I did not know going into this that it was a short story. When you are reading ebooks from the library website you can never tell. This book focuses on the unofficial member of Sigma, Seichan, and her adventures in information gathering. This time it leads her on a quick chase through the catacombs of Paris after a cult. A very quick read. I wish it was a bit longer so I could get to know her a bit more than the small glimpses I get through other books. I would say borrow this from the library. Not something that you NEED to own.

Ingenue (Flappers #2) By Jillian Larkin
Reviews / July 27, 2017

** spoiler alert ** Flappers move to New York. This one is not as much fun as the first book. Life struggles really compete with petty vengeance. There is some character growth, but not enough to make the struggle interesting to read. It feels like this book was more focused on getting the girls back into the flapper world, almost forcefully at times. Gloria deals with the racial struggles of being in a mixed relationship at the time it was still illegal most places. Jerome again gives up too easily on their relationship and everything turns into an uncomfortable mess. Lorraine is delusional about her situation and intentionally makes trouble for Gloria and Jerome as a way to get revenge. She does not realize how deep she is getting with the mob and how that is going to affect her future. She acts like she will just be able to walk away whenever. Clara decides to ruin a perfectly good relationship with someone who likes her for herself by “under cover” going back into the world of flappers. Marcus would have even backed up her decisions, if not for the fact that she is caught constantly lying to him. Don’t…

July Hardcover Haul
Hauls / July 27, 2017

Since Half Price Books was having a sale, I thought I would share with you what I was able to grab! All of them except for one are Hardcovers. I was even able to get complete series for some of them! I am over the moon excited about the Lunar Chronicles Box Set I was able to find!! Which books do you want to see full reviews on? The link to Aeronaut’s Windlass video can be found here:¬† The link for the Cinder Review video is here:

Vixen (Flappers #1) By Jillian Larkin
Reviews / July 22, 2017

FLAPPERS!!!! If you enjoy the Prohibition Era rebellion, this book is for you. A fun thing about this book is that it is told from a different person’s POV. You can see their thought processes and growth throughout the story line. Based in Chicago you get to follow the different lives of 3 socialites. Some of the plot is predictable, but there were points that even surprised me. I would say it is a fun addition to your home library.

Harry Potter Questions
Tag Videos / July 20, 2017

The Lair joins Digital & Vellum in today’s show. We found some questions from one of our favorite series and thought it would be fun to go over them as a group. Would you have answered them differently?

Heartless By Marissa Meyer
Reviews / July 15, 2017

I love Alice in Wonderland. I love Origin Stories. What I don’t enjoy is the love trope that one character is wishy washy with their affections. I enjoy a good romance, but this I love you yet I’m going to brush you off and look down my nose at you so you are unsure of my feelings. It was fun to see connections to all the original story and where they came from. Even the unexpected connection. They were like little desserts to the story. I would say this is a borrow from the library book. I don’t see myself rereading this.

Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman
Reviews / July 12, 2017

This was not what I was expecting. I had made the assumption since Neil Gaiman is a well known fiction writer that this would be a new fiction story based off the Norse Pantheon. I was sadly mistaken. This is a collection of the famous Norse stories basically just re-written in Gaiman’s writing style. Now I will say that this did make reading these stories very easy and enjoyable. He took all the research he did into that culture and made it more assessable for the main stream public. But I already know the tales, and to me this was missing the spark that I get from his writing. If you are looking for a good introduction to Norse Mythos, this is a great beginning; just not what I was looking for. I’d say either borrow it from the Library. It does not need to come home with me.